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Public art display dedication planned Sunday in Princeton

PRINCETON — The Princeton Public Arts Commission, with the support of North Central Illinois ARTworks, invites everyone to the art dedication and celebration at the Mary Uthoff Memorial Walkway noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 523 S. Main St., Princeton.

There will be a photo opportunity with the new mosaic sofa, hands-on art, face painting and a living statue.

The dedication will take place at 1 p.m. and will feature remarks from mosaic artist Susan Burton.

The final day of activities for the Homestead Festival also are taking place throughout Princeton that day.

The public art pieces will include a sofa, two chairs and a table designed and created by Burton.

A community build was hosted in May where all ages gathered to create 75 small mosaics that have been incorporated into the finished pieces of art. Jyl Morse, of Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past, donated china that was used during the community build and for the artist’s original mosaic designs.

The walkway was dedicated back in 1977 as the Mary Uthoff Memorial Walkway.

Uthoff (1886-1974), was a longtime Bureau County educator and served as Superintendent of Bureau County Schools between 1924 and 1936.

This public art installation is made possible by local community donations along with Princeton tourism funds. ARTworks expressed gratitude for those whose donations will be recognized with naming rights of the furniture as follows: the sofa in memory of Joe and Lou McCauley by their family; the table in memory of Winnie and Allen Murphey, owners of Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past by Jyl Morse; and both chairs by Central Bank. In addition, the commission recognizes Ann Crosby for donating the hand-made pottery naming plaques for the furniture.

Donations are still needed to reach the fundraising goal and can be dropped off or mailed to Princeton’s City Hall. Please make checks payable to Starved Rock Country Community Foundation.

All donations are tax deductible.

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